Madison Pierce discusses Hebrews and the Word of God.
Podcast with Amy Peeler on Hebrews, Jesus' Maleness, and Women.
"Joshua D. A. Bloor argues that the purification of the consciousness of
sin, via Jesus' perpetual heavenly blood offering, is a vital motif for
understanding Hebrews' sacrificial argumentation, and vice-versa. Jesus'
'objective' earthly achievements are many, yet only his 'subjective'
heavenly blood offering purges the heavenly tabernacle and subsequently
the consciousness of sin. Bloor views the Levitical cult as having a
positive role in Hebrews, with Levitical 'guilt' foreshadowing and
informing Hebrews' notion of the 'consciousness of sin'. Levitical
sacrifices could purge the consciousness, but only Jesus'
heavenly blood can offer complete perpetual purgation. This blood is a
qualitative type of purgation which continually speaks in heaven,
offering eternal assurance for the recipients regarding their
consciousness of sin.
Bloor begins with the 'defiled consciousness' and situates the world of Hebrews within cultic defilement, enabling the consciousness of sin and its cosmic implications to be properly understood. From here, the solution to a defiled consciousness is explored by examining Hebrews' cultic argumentation. Bloor highlights the distinctive purposes inherent in both Jesus' earthly and heavenly achievements, with the latter concerned particularly with Yom Kippur imagery and the purgation of the consciousness. Bloor concludes by differentiating between Jesus' session, present heavenly activity and perpetual heavenly blood offering. Throughout this volume, Bloor engages, critiques and advances current discourse concerning the nature and timing of Jesus' offering in Hebrews."
Study Hebrews in its Second Temple Context
Following the proven model established in Reading Romans in Context, Reading Mark in Context, and Reading Revelation in Context, this book brings together a series of accessible essays that compare and contrast the theology and hermeneutical practices of the book of Hebrews with various early Jewish literature.
Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, this textbook examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literature in order to illuminate the ideas and emphases of Hebrews' varied discourses. Following the rhetorical progression of Hebrews, each chapter in this textbook:
In addition to the focused comparison provided in the essays, Reading Hebrews in Context offers other student-friendly features that help them engage broader discussions, including an introductory chapter that familiarizes students with the world and texts of Second Temple Judaism and a glossary of important terms. The end of each chapter contains a list of other thematically-relevant Second Temple Jewish texts recommended for further study and a focused bibliography pointing students to critical editions and higher-level discussions in scholarly literature they might use to undertake their own comparative studies.
Philip Church. Never Give Up! The Message of Hebrews. Wipf & Stock.
"The book is a commentary on Hebrews designed for use as textbook for undergraduate and graduate level studies. It works through the text of Hebrews paragraph by paragraph, with additional notes on a variety of theological topics along the way. In Hebrews and the Temple Church argued for an eschatological reading of Hebrews, and this book applies that reading to the discipline of a commentary. It grows out of postgraduate level lectures on Hebrews delivered at Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand, Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Yangon, Myanmar; Asia Graduate School of Theology in Kathmandu, Nepal; and Christian Leaders' Training College at Banz, Papua New Guinea."